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Satan’s Opportune Time…

It is worth observing that when Christ overcame the temptations of Satan in the wilderness, neither grumbling like Israel of old, nor capitulating like Adam, Luke adds these striking words, “Now when the devil had ended every temptation, he departed from Him until an opportune time.” (Luke 4:13)

The activity of Satan was not complete. He still lurked in the shadows, looking for opportunities to assail Christ.

It is not hard to imagine his influence in the heart of Judas, nor his stirring up hatred among the Pharisees. He was likewise certainly at work in the crowds sowing confusion and blindness. But while all that is true, we see a familiar device at play during the crucifixion. Consider the refrain of the rulers and soldiers and the criminal hanging alongside Jesus.

The first sneered, “He saved others, let Him save Himself if He is the Christ, the chosen of God.” (Luke 23:35). The second echoed this sentiment by saying, “If you are the King of the Jews, save Yourself.” (vs 36). Lastly, the criminal blasphemed, “If you are the Christ, save Yourself and us.” (vs 39)

We have heard similar words before.  From where do they arise?

Think back to the manner in which Satan […]

Hebrews 8 and the Credobaptist Objection: A Reply

Paedobaptist: So let me get this straight, one your biggest objections to infant baptism rests on the understanding that the New Covenant is comprised of only the elect/regenerate?

Credo: That’s right. Hebrews 8 (citing Jeremiah 31) makes this plain. Everyone in the New Covenant knows the Lord. That’s what makes it unlike the Mosaic Covenant. The old covenant was more ethnic in nature. It included the children of Jews. As such, it was a covenant that included both the regenerate and unregenerate. This is contrasted with that of the New Covenant. Only genuine believers (the regenerate) make up the New Covenant. This fact is a crucial part of its newness!

Paedobaptist: But surely you grant that not everyone in the church is regenerate, right?

Credo: Of course. There are false believers and apostates. But they aren’t part of the New Covenant.

Paedobaptist: But many of these false believers are baptized, right?

Credo: Yes.

Paedobaptist: So they receive the sign of the covenant but are not part of the covenant community?

Credo: That’s right. Only the elect comprise the New Covenant.

Paedobaptist: But isn’t there an external administration of the covenant? In other words, don’t you believe that they are connected to the New Covenant in some sense?

Credo: They are […]

3GT: Trinity Talk

Other than a brief moment of chuckling at some pictures of Kyle in his younger years, we spent our time talking about the current scuffle over the Trinity.

https://threeguystheologizing.files.wordpress.com/2016/07/3gt-18.mp3

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Oh, yeah, and some pictures 🙂

Audio Picks

This week’s episode of This American Life features an interesting look into the backroom, candidate vetting process of the Republican party.  Its about wealthy donors and the game of money.
I’ve never heard of Black Hebrew Israelites before.  They’re frighteningly heretical.  James White recently stumbled upon them and has been devoting a bit of attention to the movement.  If you want to see the face of full-throttled eisegesis, listen to this debate on The Dividing Line.  It is scary how blind one can be in their handling of the Scriptures.
In his message God’s Peculiar Glory, John Piper begins by saying, “For the last two years, I have focused in a greater way than ever before in my life on the question of how we know that the Christian Scriptures are completely true, and then, in view of that, how we should read them.”  The rest of the message is his answer to the issue.  That should hook you.

 

 

C.S. Lewis on the Crux of the Problem

“How did the Dark Power [Satan] go wrong? Here, no doubt, we ask a question to which human beings cannot give an answer with any certainty. A reasonable (and traditional) guess, based on our own experiences of going wrong, can, however, be offered. The moment you have a self at all, there is a possibility of putting Yourself first—wanting to be the centre—wanting to be God, in fact. That was the sin of Satan: and that was the sin he taught the human race. Some people think the fall of man had something to do with sex, but that is a mistake. (The story in the Book of Genesis rather suggests that some corruption in our sexual nature followed the fall and was its result, not its cause.)

The Letter of Ignatius to the Romans

One theologian spoke thus,

“Just as we become aware of a meteor only when, after traveling silently through space for untold millions of miles, it blazes briefly through the atmosphere before dying in a shower of fire, so it is with Ignatius, bishop of Antioch in Syria.”  Writing sometime between  A.D. 98-117, the good bishop writes the following to the Christians in Rome.  

Gorge Thy Ears

A few audio picks:

The men over at Reformed Forum weigh in on the current Trinitarian debate.
A podcast affiliated with RadioLab has recently launched a new and superb  podcast covering key cases in the Supreme Court. It is called More Perfect. I heartily recommend it.
If you haven’t listened to History on Fire’s first two episodes (The Slave Wars), you’re truly missing out. Some of the content presented there provides insight (in part) into why, say, the apostle Paul didn’t preach against slavery.
Do you enjoy a good debate? I do. So in case you haven’t yet seen it, head over to Intelligence Squared Debates for a host of interesting discussions on a wide range of current topics.

3GT Episode: To Desire or Not to Desire

The gents discuss Christ and culture, technology and the question: Does God desire the salvation of all men? (And please forgive the quality of Austin’s microphone.  His regular microphone broke, and so he had to use a junky one at the last minute, which picked up a lot of “Pfft” sounds.  Enter sad face here.)

https://threeguystheologizing.files.wordpress.com/2016/06/3gt-171.mp3

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Beginning: Interaction with Carl Trueman’s view of Christ and culture
27 minute mark: Rewind on technology
34 minute mark (and some change): Discussion on 1 Timothy 2:4

Have You Ever Read the Epistle to Diognetus?

It’s true.  I’m a fan of reading early, post-apostolic Christian writings.  There’s some really good stuff… as well as not so good.  Be that as it may, I have always enjoyed this short epistle addressed to a man by the name of Diognetus.  Overall, it is a little gem.  If you’ve never read anything like this before (from the period called the Apostolic Fathers), give it a try.

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The Epistle To Diognetus

CHAPTER 1
1:1 Since I see, most excellent Diognetus, that thou
art exceedingly anxious to understand the religion of
the Christians, and that thy enquiries respecting them
are distinctly and carefully made, as to what God they
trust and how they worship Him, that they all
disregard the world and despise death, and take no
account of those who are regarded as gods by the
Greeks, neither observe the superstition of the Jews,
and as to the nature of the affection which they
entertain one to another, and of this new development
or interest, which has entered into men’s lives now
and not before: I gladly welcome this zeal in thee,
and I ask of God, Who supplieth both the speaking and
the hearing to us, that it may be granted to myself to
speak in such a way that thou mayest be made better […]